Rushworth’s ready to answer Durham’s call

Chris Rushworth.
Chris Rushworth.
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DURHAM bowler Chris Rushworth is ready to step into the breach once more.

Injuries to a number of Durham’s bowlers this term has seen the Sunderland-born star asked to bowl extra overs.

And that doesn’t look like easing up any time soon, although Rushworth says he won’t shy away from the heavy workload when Durham face Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge tomorrow.

He said: “Bunny (Graham Onions) hasn’t travelled and Jamie Harrison is still having trouble with knee, and I think they’ll leave it as long as they can before making a decision on Woody (Mark Wood) after he couldn’t bowl on the last day against Somerset.

“That’s probably going to mean I have to bowl more overs than would have been ideal.

“But I’m happy to take on the extra responsibility, and hopefully I’m fit enough and strong enough to step up when called upon.”

Spinner Scott Borthwick is also likely to miss tomorrow’s clash with a broken finger, although Ben Stokes could return from injury.

Rushworth admits that Durham’s injury crisis is a problem, but he won’t be throwing in the towel any time soon.

“It’s not great, we know that,” he said. “To have so many bowlers missing on a pitch which normally favours seam and swing bowling is far from ideal.

“But whoever is picked to play has to give their all for the team, which is something that I’m always happy to do.”

The defeat to Somerset ended Durham’s unbeaten run this term, but Rushworth remains positive.

“We have probably batted well in spells and not done as well with the ball, and other times it’s been the other way around,” he said.

“This time last season we’d lost two games. We just need to try to put it all together, and hopefully we can start against Notts.”